Winery & Tasting Room
Alameda Winery & Tasting Room

1951 Monarch Street, Hangar 25
Alameda, CA 94501

Tel (510) 452-1800

SF City View Patio open by reservation 

Indoor Tasting Room open by reservation 


Tasting at ZAP 2024


California’s Top Zinfandels: Tasting at ZAP 2024






Wine Scores

At large walk-around tastings such as these, my goal is to taste widely, and as such I record only scores, not tasting notes. These wines were tasted rapidly over the course of a couple of hours. While I am quite confident about my quality judgments, knowing the circumstances under which these scores were recorded, you may consider taking the ratings with a grain of salt.

I have linked the top-scoring wines to Wine Searcher (when results are available) to facilitate searching and purchase of these wines. The prices listed were provided by the wineries, which means you can usually find these wines at retail for slightly less.


2022 Dashe Cellars “Vineyard Select” Zinfandel, California. $24



Wine & Spirits Magazine | ALT ZIN

ALT ZIN:  California Heritage Vine Finds a New Beat 

"You really have to shake off your preconceived notions," Anne Dashe


A new style of zinfandel has emerged, one that emphasizes spicy finesse over extracted power, and it all started with the friendship between winemakers Mike & Anne Dashe and chef Mark Ellenbogen of SF's The Slanted Door.

For our summer issue, critic Patick J. Comiskey took a deep dive into the revolution in America’s iconic wine, interviewing the Dashes and Ellenbogen, as well as many of the coterie of younger winemakers now working this way.

Read Alt Zin at the link below:


BY: Patrick Comiskey 

'Les Enfants Terribles' Zinfandels

In 2007, Michael and Anne started a new series of wines that they dubbed “Les Enfants Terribles,” wines that were inspired by many of the French wines that they admired, with balance, complexity, lower alcohols, and beautiful fruit aromatics and velvety textures. These easy-to-drink and expressive wines are a great complement to their lineup of classic “Signature Wines,” such as their Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, for which they had built a reputation since the winery’s birth in 1996.

93 Points - 2018 Zinfandel, Heart Arrow Ranch 'Les Enfants Terribles' 

We take this fruit from the biodynamically farmed Heart Arrow Ranch in Mendocino Co, ferment using whole clusters and uncrushed grapes, followed by aging in 900-gallon casks to create a wine that is more similar to a Beaujolais than a California Zinfandel. Soft and velvety with flavors of black cherry and strawberry.


2018 Zinfandel, Mendocino Cuvee 'Les Enfants Terribles"

The grapes for this blend came from Signal Ridge Vineyard—at over 3000 feet, the highest elevation vineyard in all of Mendocino, Napa, and Sonoma Counties.  The elevation of the vineyard is so distinctive that it falls within a special appellation, the “Mendocino Ridge,” which is the only appellation in America that is designated on basis of elevation. The high elevation, steep slopes, and extremely rocky soil make the ideal growing conditions for making complex, balanced, compelling wines. 

We modeled this wine after Grand Cru wines from the Beaujolais region of France. Its light red color, excellent aromatics, and silky smooth texture mark it as a more “Old World” style of wine; extremely drinkable and enjoyable on its own.

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Mike and Anne visited NYC for the return of the Grand Portfolio Tasting

Skurnik Wines & Spirits is an importer and distributor of fine wines and spirits headquartered in the heart of New York City. We represent a high-quality, diversified portfolio of wines and spirits from around the world. The company began with just a handful of relatively unknown estates in 1987, and has since grown to represent over 500 estates, most of which are family-owned-and-operated.

Wines to Find Podcast

Sisters, Sandy & Michelle, are on a mission to try two new wines per week. While tasting and reviewing, they share helpful hints as well as tips and tricks to wine tasting and selection. Periodic guests spanning the spectrum of the wine world, from the hobbyist to the wine insider will bring an additional perspective by sharing their wine stories as well as their interpretation of the wine tasted. Each episode uses the Wines To Find simple method for curating wines. Taste along with us and share your thoughts on whether or not the wines featured are Wines To Find.

Wines: Dashe Cellars Todd Brothers Ranch Old Vine Zinfandel, 2018 and Les Enfants Terrible Zinfandel, 2018
Guest: Anne Dashe

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Archived News

Shipping, Pick-up, and Tasting Room updates during the Cornonavirus Outbreak

At Dashe Cellars the health and safety of our guests and employees is of the utmost importance. In light of the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19, we are temporarily closing our tasting room doors.
During this closure, we are offering our customers $10 flat-rate UPS Next-Day-Air now that our Warm Weather Shipping is in Effect, coupon code SUMMERSHIP. No one should have to go without creature comforts when hunkering down. Click Here to place your order in our online store or call (510) 452-1800 x4 and Stephanie can help. You are also welcome to drop by the winery Friday and Saturday from 1-4:00 to pick-up wine or schedule a $0 At-Home-Delivery, simply select "Pick-up" or "At-Home-Delivery" at checkout. 
We will continue to monitor and work with guidelines from health authorities, and will evolve our policies accordingly.
Thank you for continuing to support local businesses—in this difficult time we all need to help mitigate the effects of closures, etc. so that we have products and restaurants to return to when this is all over. We are all in this together! Stay safe.
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